Thursday, April 23, 2015

Militarization of Police

Police sometimes give the impression that we have become militarized because we are dressing in ways that don't look like police and we are painting our vehicles so they look like military vehicles rather than police cars.

Police, even SWAT teams, should look like police.  They should wear uniforms that look like the regular patrol officers uniforms.  They should wear a metal badge.  They should wear the same colors as the regular police.  Even if the SWAT guys need jump suits, or BDU pants and shirts, they should be in the same colors and with the same patches as the regular uniforms.

Police armored cars and rescue vehicles should not be black, or camouflaged or substantially different in markings from regular police cars.  A simple black and white with POLICE and other department markings on them is best; that's what the SGT Says.

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